My French Odyssey

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My French Odyssey
My name is Monica Jones. I am a New Yorker living in France. A little over a year ago, I packed up my things and moved myself, my cats and my horse across the ocean. My French Odyssey is the story of that journey.
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  • Le Réveillon 1 week ago When I look back on my life, whether in a year or twenty, I suspect that the sheer insanity of how certain events unfolded will continue to amaze me.  Sometimes the smallest decision can impact your life in such a profound way as to beg the question of a higher power or at the very least the...
  • Handel's Messiah: Christmas in Versailles 3 weeks ago Now that Bandit was settled in and The Hybrid was officially/unofficially on the road, it was time to set my sights elsewhere.  Christmas was right around the corner but aside from Dominique, I still didn’t know anyone in Chartres.  For me, the holidays never held any great sway.  It was...
  • The Little Hybrid That Could 2 months ago A few days prior to Bandit arriving, another piece of the puzzle fell into place.  After eight weeks at sea, my 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid landed in Le Havre, a small port city in the northwest of France. I had dropped off my car in New Jersey a couple of weeks before I left.  The […] The post...
  • Bandit's New Home: An American Quarter Horse In France 2 months ago Bandit, understandably, got off the trailer a bit wobbly.  He had endured a 4-day trip with an 8-hour drive through Paris traffic.  I was certain he would want to head to his stall and take a nap.  I was wrong.  Arriving at a new barn in completely unfamiliar surroundings had given him a...
  • What I Miss About New York 2 months ago I’m a proud New Yorker living in France and although I have assimilated well into the French lifestyle, there are things that I miss about my city.  On the one hand, you have French fashion, culture and gastronomy worshiped as the gold standard.  On the other hand, you have New York –...

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